Colon Health Linked in Study to Production of Sugars Known as O-glycans

Colon Health Linked in Study to Production of Sugars Known as O-glycans
Certain sugars produced by the body, called O-glycans, may play a crucial role in keeping the colon healthy and in preventing cancer. Understanding how these sugars function to protect the colon is paramount in developing therapies for diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and colon cancer. "Colorectal cancers pose a significant healthcare problem and are the third most common cancers for both men and women in the U.S.,” said Dr. Lijun Xia, from Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, in a press release. “But in order to solve this problem, we first have to know the cause. In this case, we think we have found a key to this." To understand the rol
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